Guardian gets a starring role
YOUR Cornish Guardian is set to star alongside some of the hottest names in Hollywood in the latest blockbuster by producer and director Richard Curtis.
The newspaper will share scenes with Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes) and Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter) fame, in the time-travelling tale About Time.
The producers have requested copies of the Cornish Guardian and sister titles the West Briton and Cornwall Today for a scene on a train.
A spokesman said: "We think they best represent Cornwall and the range of passengers who'll be on the train. It was also thought our hero, Tim, would have grown up reading these kinds of titles in Cornwall before moving to London; he'd want to know what's going on back home."
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St Austell Rugby Club will play a key role behind the scenes as a base for production and planning, with rumours that filming will take place at nearby Porthpean House.
Secretary Graham Walker said it wasn't often they got Hollywood stars in St Austell Rugby Club.
"Production will be from mid-July to mid-August," he said, "but I'm not certain about shoot time.
"They'll be using two rooms – a large one which they're going to soundproof and use for post-production, editing and so on, and a smaller room for planning such as going through scripts with the cast.
"They're all going to be using the bar, naturally.
"It's off season and we're being paid for it," he said. "It's money we wouldn't have had. Also, quite a lot of our players work in security, and so a few will work for them.
"I don't know if we'll meet the actors; I know some of the players would like to. There's bound to be an opportunity."
Cornish Guardian editor Zena O'Rourke said she was thrilled at the prospect of seeing it on the big screen.
"It was only going to be a matter of time before Hollywood discovered us and we're ready for our close-up," she said.
"Seriously, it can only be good news for tourism and for Cornwall, as it will showcase the beauty of the county to a worldwide audience."
Previous films by Mr Curtis include Love Actually and Four Weddings And A Funeral, and he co-wrote the script for Stephen Spielberg's War Horse. On About Time he is both writer and director.
Also featuring actors such as Bill Nighy and Tom Hollander, it's a romantic comedy about Tim, who discovers he can travel back in time and decides to use his powers to find a girlfriend, Mary, whom he meets after moving from Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer.